LCOP Mission Brazil 2014

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Our friends, brothers, and sisters of Missional Presbyterian Church of Buritis

Bom dia!

Thank you for your prayers and support for LCOP’s mission to Brazil this summer.

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And we’re off to Brazil!!!

God used the trip to bless our team members (Kaitlin Kim, Amy Trevino, Gabby Trevino, Clare Whalen, David Pritchard, Tana Pritchard, and Pastor James). As with all mission trips, our team was blessed far more than we were able to be a blessing to Brazil.

I’ve been telling our team for months that the mission field is not Brazil. We will make almost no impact to Brazil in the two weeks that we’re there. There are still hungry people, there is still much violence, there is still a great disparity between the rich and the poor, there are still millions of people who do not know Jesus in Brazil.

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Some of our friends from the English Immersion Camp
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Amy leading a small group discussion

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Our presence in Brazil had almost no impact on Brazil. However, the two weeks in Brazil can, and has had, a tremendous impact on our team.

The mission field was never Brazil. The mission field was always about the hearts of our members.

Being a missionary has nothing to do with location. Being a missionary has everything to do with our hearts. If our hearts are selfish and inwardly focused, then we could be in Africa or Brazil and still never be missionaries. However, if our hearts are kingdom focused, then whether we are in Africa or Brazil or Lakewood, we are missionaries for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, regardless of our location.

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Had the privilege to preach with my dear friend Pastor Robinho interpreting
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Coach David and Tana leading our football camp
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Football Camp

God is always a very wise investor. God invested these two weeks in order to touch hearts so that what God gets in return is the rest of our lives for kingdom service. The average age of our team was around 25. If everyone lives to be 80, then for two weeks of investment, God just got back 385 years of Christian service! God is a wise investor!!!

In reality, the mission trip for our team members is just starting. The rest of our lives will tell whether God’s mission in our lives was a success or not.

We will be going back to Brazil in 2015. We’re looking for folks who will join us. If you’re interested, please let pastors James or Brad know.


What LCOP Strives to Do and What We Strive to Be?

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 2.36.48 PMWhat is the Little Church on the Prairie all about? What is it that we are called to do and be?

Here’s what we strive to do and be…

  • We practice grace. No one’s perfect here. That’s why we all belong here.
  • We’re not building “monuments” to the Little Church. We will invest our money, time, and talents to making a difference in Lakewood and the surrounding areas.
  • We value the intergenerational nature of the Little Church. Families are intergenerational in nature. Therefore, we value doing life together.
  • This is our city. We’re all in this together. That’s why we can all choose to make our city a better place.
  • These are our people. The only requirement that we have for being a part of the Little Church is that you are breathing. If you’re not, we’ll call 911 for you.
  • We are open and will submit to the truths God reveals to us through his Scripture.
  • We appreciate excellence. We will do our best in our service to God, to our community, and to one another.
  • We are all on a journey together to live into God’s best for us. We would love the honor of journeying with you.